cloudburst

[kloud-burst]
noun
a sudden and very heavy rainfall.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism; cloud + burst

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cloudburst (ˈklaʊdˌbɜːst)
 
n
a heavy downpour

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cloudburst
1817, Amer.Eng., from cloud + burst. Parallels Ger. Wolkenbruch.
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Example sentences
If a particularly vigorous cloudburst should fill this infiltration basin, the
  overflow is channeled into a nearby dry well.
He is not so much oblivious to the cloudburst as reveling in it.
He never uses cold-snap, cloudburst or under the weather.
There is a cloudburst along the way, which soaks me to the skin.
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